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CMO Bruce McColl retires as Mars shakes up marketing structure

Andrew Clarke, chief customer officer since 2015, will take the newly created role of chief marketing and customer officer. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 11:54 am PDT

(Real) White House resurrects (fictional) West Wing press secretary for anti-drug message

The press secretary from the real West Wing met the fictional one for a serious message at Friday's press briefing. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 11:32 am PDT

RF|Binder adds Edelman's Aman Singh as brand purpose senior managing editor

She started in the role this week, reporting to Scott Beaudoin, who joined the firm in January as chief strategy officer and executive MD of the corporate and brand purpose practice. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 8:06 am PDT

Cisco veteran Melissa Selcher joins LinkedIn

She had served in numerous roles at Cisco since joining the company in 2008. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 7:54 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.29.2016

Protesters disrupt traffic outside Trump event in California; Brands try for the spotlight at the NFL Draft; Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Obama; Clinton sends 'woman cards' to her supporters; Emergency approval granted for first commercial Zika test. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 3:42 am PDT

Cannes Lions: Juries finalised for PR and other categories ahead of June festival

The juries for this year's Cannes Lions festival have been finalised, including for the PR Lions. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 1:46 am PDT

BBC comms chief will fight, not squabble, to defend reputation in UK and abroad

Despite its importance in projecting Britain around the world, in the UK the BBC is loved and loathed in equal measure and needs to fight to defend its reputation, PR360 attendees were told yesterday by John Shield, the broadcaster's director of comms. Read entire article
29 Apr 2016 | 1:11 am PDT

Take Your Kid to Work Day might be distracting, but these 9 brands show why they embrace it

Brands used the national day to inspire children, showcase workplace flexibility and employee perks, and playfully engage consumers. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 10:32 am PDT

News agency and PR firm 72 Point's owner admits 'tension' between sister firms

The owner of a UK newswire agency that incorporates transatlantic agency 72 Point has admitted that "tension" exists between the two businesses after reporters were sent a memo asking them to weigh up the effect of negative news stories about PR clients. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 5:44 am PDT

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 4.28.2016

WPP Q1 earnings; BerlinRosen subpoenaed in de Blasio investigation; Cruz puts Fiorina on the ticket; Obama defends economic legacy; Big Q1 numbers for Facebook. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 3:59 am PDT

PR 'blighted by case studies' and not strategic enough, says UK government comms chief

The PR profession is suffering from an over-reliance on case studies showcased at industry awards events and should be taking a more strategic approach, the UK Government's top comms executive has warned PR360 attendees. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 1:24 am PDT

HSBC HR chief hopeful for 'new generation of natural born communicators'

A new generation of natural born communicators, immersed in technology from an early age, bodes well for the future of the commus industry, Pierre Goad, group managing director and group head of human resources at HSBC, told PR360 attendees yesterday. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 1:11 am PDT

Cohn & Wolfe strong but North America down as growth slows in WPP PR wing

Cohn & Wolfe was the standout performer in WPP's PR and public affairs division in the first quarter of 2016, although the division's growth was significantly down on Q4 2015. Read entire article
28 Apr 2016 | 12:39 am PDT

Lego VC: Denying Ai Weiwei bricks "a mistake"

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen has said someone at a lower level made the decision not to allow Ai Weiwei the bricks he requested for an Australian art exhibition and that he should have received them. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 11:50 pm PDT

PR pros: Target's brand is loud and clear

As the retailer stays on target in messaging -- with near silence -- in the face of a growing boycott, PR pros analyze the brand and its low-key response, including Deborah Hamilton, who handles PR for the boycott's organizer. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 12:14 pm PDT

Omnicom unveils offering One Hundred to aid nonprofits' philanthropic efforts

One Hundred comprises the following agencies from across the DAS portfolio of brands: Changing Our World, Critical Mass, Interbrand, Ketchum, Porter Novelli, and Russ Reid. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 12:05 pm PDT

Arizona State University hires former Edelman CEO Hass as comms professor

Hass says he aims to impart more business thinking and awareness to students going into careers in PR. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 10:47 am PDT

Good hair, don't care: Why Rachel Roy probably cares now

Can Roy bounce back from the "Lemonade" controversy? That may be more up to Beyonce. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 7:13 am PDT

PRWeek Global Awards 2016: Winners revealed at London ceremony

PepsiCo took in-house team of the year and Weber Shandwick was named global agency of the year, while Golin had a good evening as the PRWeek Global Awards 2016 were handed out in London on Thursday night. Read entire article
27 Apr 2016 | 3:25 am PDT

ISEBOX survey: Corporate newsrooms are a drag

Updated and accurate contact information for phone and email topped the list of a corporate newsroom's most important features followed by the ability to easily view and download media content. Both areas were cited as those in most need of improvement Read entire article
26 Apr 2016 | 10:50 am PDT

No time to siesta for Barcelona's PR professionals

Ben Miller, director of global comms at sports and entertainment firm Actyvos Group, discusses agency life in the seaside city.
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16 Mar 2016 | 12:37 pm PDT

An energized Cleveland preps for 2016 Republican convention, global spotlight

Brian Grace, director of communications at Progressive Insurance, runs down how the lakeside city is gearing up for big events like the 2016 Republican National Convention.
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18 Feb 2016 | 10:04 am PST

Spotlight: Guangzhou

Emily Situ, general manager of RF Thunder in Guangzhou and Hong Kong, discusses PR in the booming South China market building momentum as a tech hub
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27 Jan 2016 | 8:30 am PST

Santa Barbara's PR climate: highly desirable, low on entry-level opportunities

A sophisticated California lifestyle without LA's traffic or huge crowds has many young comms pros psyched to work in the beachside city, says Davies CEO.
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25 Jan 2016 | 9:13 am PST

In Brooklyn, PR agencies battle for talent under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Your guide to the rapidly evolving PR scene in Brooklyn's "Tech Triangle."
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19 Jan 2016 | 12:18 pm PST

It can be hard to find - and keep - PR pros in LA, says Lagrant CEO Kim Hunter

The president and CEO of Lagrant Communications says that, sunshine aside, it can be difficult to find elite PR professionals in the City of Angels
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22 Dec 2015 | 11:59 am PST

Regional spotlight: Des Moines' niche markets, from PR to politics

Chris Diebel, MD at LPCA Public Strategies, details how the caucus process and urban investment make the city a hot destination for PR pros
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23 Nov 2015 | 8:37 am PST

Global spotlight: The marketing mindset of Manchester

Alison Last, corporate comms manager at Kellogg's, says in-house and agency opportunities abound for PR pros in the city's vibrant economy
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19 Nov 2015 | 10:48 am PST

Regional spotlight: Richmond's tight-knit PR community and intense talent wars

Jill Vaughan, comms director at Virginia Lottery, discusses how Richmond's helpful spirit benefits newcomers to the city's PR scene
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27 Oct 2015 | 12:21 pm PDT

Global spotlight: How social media drives Tokyo's PR business scene

Kyoko Fujii Takagi, corporate comms division supervisor at Dentsu PR, details how the evolution of social media has impacted the city's comms landscape
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27 Oct 2015 | 7:56 am PDT

Global spotlight: The new media landscape of New Delhi

Kapil Rampal, founder and CEO of Creative Crest, says hard work in a welcoming environment brings success in the city's comms space
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29 Sep 2015 | 12:32 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: Tech-savvy transit hub Newark is perfect fit, says Audible

Matthew Thornton, VP of comms at Audible, discusses how an influx of creative brands and a tech-related approach have revitalized the city
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29 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am PDT

Jamaica offers year-round promotional opportunities, from tourism to PR

Sandra Scott, deputy director of tourism and marketing at the Jamaica Tourist Board, explains the island's ins and outs.
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25 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm PDT

Regional spotlight: How Hoosier hospitality fought Indiana's anti-LGBT law

Debra DeCourcy, VP of corporate comms for Angie's List, details why Indianapolis businesses oppose the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
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24 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am PDT

Multinational companies give rise to mature PR industry in Bogotá

Miguel Herrera, market leader at Burson-Marsteller Colombia, says the arrival of multinational companies has given rise to a mature PR industry
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1 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm PDT

Kansas City rallies to keep young PR talent in town

Trozzolo Communications Group VP Joshua Brewster discusses how a spirit of togetherness imbues the city’s business and comms sectors
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1 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am PDT

How Pittsburgh transformed its reputation

Shannon Baker, partner and EVP of PR and social media at Gatesman+Dave, discusses how Pittsburgh shook off its reputation as a steel mill city.
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26 May 2015 | 11:07 am PDT

Santiago PR pros strive to improve private sector's image after scandals

Pelayo Bezanilla, public affairs and comms manager, Coca-Cola, says PR professionals are hot to improve the reputation of Chile's private sector.
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26 May 2015 | 8:41 am PDT

What PR pros need to know about the New York market

Darlàn Monterisi, MD, Porter Novelli, details how PR agencies and companies need to stand apart from competitors to retain talent in the city.
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26 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am PDT

Stockholm flexes its digital muscles

Digital strength and international relations are at the heart of doing business in Stockholm.
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24 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm PDT
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